- insurance that compensates the insured for expenses or loss incurred for medical reasons, as through illness or hospitalization.
Origin of health insurance
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for health insurance
How far will a health-insurance company go to deny coverage when you are really sick?My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
Republican presidents had (if we go back to 1984) 16 years to pass some kind of health-insurance law.The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care
July 25, 2014
Acting entirely out of self-interest, the U.S. health-insurance industry ultimately supported the Affordable Care Act.The Insurance Industry’s Liberal Turn
July 10, 2013
A country where health-insurance companies treat them differently because they are women.Women, Don’t Be Fooled: Mitt Romney Will End Safe and Legal Abortion
October 12, 2012
He looped in his health-insurance colleague Fred McKay and, sure enough, I could buy insurance without underwriting.The Non-Problem that ObamaCare Didn't Fix
September 19, 2012
We do it by providing a health-insurance tax credit of up to $3750 for each low-income family.
- Insurance against expenses incurred through illness of the insured.
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